Split fire logs are essential to building a roaring fire in your fireplace. However, you can't simply take a lighted match to one of these logs and expect it to start burning. You need a starter made up of smaller pieces of wood and paper that will ignite more easily, starting a fire that eventually gets the logs to burn. There are a couple of methods you can use to start fire logs.
Things You'll Need
- Split fire logs
- Match or lighter
Place two split logs on fireplace's firebox floor, laying the logs parallel to one another with space between them.
Twist sheets of newspaper -- use standard newspaper, not paper that is either coated or colored -- and place the twisted pieces in the space between the two logs.
Place kindling wood on top of the newspaper and place more of the kindling across the logs. These wood pieces should not be more than an inch in width.
Light the newspaper and look for it to ignite the kindling and eventually the logs.
Place three to four logs on the fireplace's firebox floor.
Lay a layer of kindling across the logs, using several kindling pieces. It can help to place a second layer of smaller pieces perpendicular to the first layer.
Roll four to five sheets of newspaper, rolling them diagonally from corner to corner. Tie the rolled sheets into a loose knot and place them on top of the kindling.
Light the paper and look for the fire to make its way down to the kindling and then to the logs.
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